Jonathan Huyck became the 21st rector of Grace Church on August 1, 2010. He holds degrees from Brown University, the University of Chicago Divinity School and the General Theological Seminary and is an honorary canon of the American Cathedral in Paris, where he served as canon pastor for six years before coming to Grace. He was born in New York City and raised in New York and Connecticut. Before his ordination to the priesthood in 2004, he was a comedy writer in New York and is still loyal to the American League baseball team of that city which shall remain nameless. He also loves the Beatles, cooking (Georgian food, especially), singing, and old buildings (Providence does very well on that score).
Meredith “Champ” Cooley, Facilities Manager
Champ (as everyone calls him) was born in Skowhegan, Maine, and is married to Gail. His favorite hobby being a DJ at Riverbend Campgrounds in Connecticut.
Anthony Perez, Sexton
Veda Bucko, Parish Administrator
Christian Lane, Interim Organist & Choir Director
We are thrilled to announce the appointment of Christian Lane as Interim Organist & Choir Director at Grace Church. Vice-President of the American Guild of Organists, Chris is one of America’s most accomplished, respected, and versatile young organists and is the winner of the 2011 Canadian International Organ Competition. Chris holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Eastman School of Music and a Master of Music degree in Organ Performance and a Certificate in Sacred Music from Yale University.
Most recently, Chris was Associate University Organist and Choirmaster at Harvard University for the past six years. His previous work at Episcopal churches includes Trinity in New Haven and St. Thomas, Fifth Avenue in New York City, which have two of the best music programs in the Episcopal Church.
The Rev. Jennifer West, Priest Associate
The Rev. Jennifer West loves to preach and to welcome all to the Church. After retiring in June, 2013, having served parishes in Maryland, Rhode Island, and Ohio, the Wests returned to her native Rhode Island where they chose to worship at Grace because of its diversity and commitment to the city. She re-enters parish ministry with renewed energy and excitement about ministering in a downtown parish.
Mother Jennifer’s call to the priesthood followed an exciting 17 year career in sales and marketing in the intermodal railroad transportation industry. She has an M.S. in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University Maryland and a Master of Divinity from Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge. She was ordained in Maryland in 1997. Since retiring, she has become a fan of spinning (stationary exercise bikes) and is developing an exercise program for women over 60. She and her husband Ben, live in the Edgewood neighborhood of Cranston. They share a love of the Episcopal Church, three grandchildren in Ohio, boating, and rescuing older dogs. Their current dog, Foster Glocester, survived a tornado in Missouri.